Latin America & Caribbean Studies

Research – a systematic inquiry or investigation into a topic – is conducted across the curricula at the University at Albany.  Whether it is using ancient texts or more recent diaries to develop new understandings or analyzing data to find mathematical patterns, research is an important component of your university education. Research begins with a question. What answer will you uncover?

What is Research in Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies?

  • Disciplinary and interdisciplinary projects
  • History, culture, and contributions of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the people from those regions living in the United States
  • Issues of race, gender, ethnicity, globalization, migration, politics, economics, humanities, and fine arts

How can I do research in Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies at UAlbany?

  • The LACS Department website describes the expertise of each of its faculty members

Some other resources to explore

The department has produced a professional research magazine – the  Latino(a) Research Review –which students can consult for research ideas. Some faculty members hold mini-conferences in their courses at which undergraduates present papers. The department works closely with student organizations (like Fuerza Latina) to help them plan and stage events on campus.

Luis Gabriel Sánchez – A recent LACS graduate

Luis Gabriel Sanchez arrived at UAlbany in the Fall of 2010. Upon declaring as LACS major, Luis fulfilled his research interests with the help and encouragement of LACS faculty. His project on Liberticide in Haiti won the Provost’s Honorable Mention for Undergraduate Research in 2012. As a senior, his independent study on Andean Cosmologies and the Ontological Crisis of the 21st Century earned him a 2013 President’s Award for Undergraduate Research.

Notably this is the same award that his father, Martin Sanchez (see photo taken by Luis’ advisor Prof Fernando Leiva) --also a LACS major-- had won back in 1985. After a quick visit to Partners in Health in Haiti, and his second summer internship at Fordham University’s Humanitarian Studies program, Gabe will pursue a doctorate at UAlbany’s Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies department as a Carson Carr Fellow starting in the Fall of 2013.

If you like Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies, there might be interesting research opportunities for you in:

  • Local, State, and Federal departments that serve the Latino and Caribbean communities in the United States
  • Business enterprises that cater to Latin American and Caribbean countries, and as well as to the Latino and Caribbean markets in the United States
  • Community Colleges and Universities that are interested in recruiting students with a heritage from Latin America and the Caribbean